ISABEL AND THE UNCOMMONS

Isabel Fryszberg and the Uncommons  are Isabel on vocals and rhythm guitar, John Switzer on bass, Rebecca Campbell on harmonies, percussion and guitar, Noah Zacharin on lead guitar and Paul Brennan on drums.

The music is timeless songs, written by Isabel Fryszberg as well as a number of co-writes. The style is roots music with country, rock, jazz/blues americana flavors. There are also some tasty covers, some classic country, blue grass songs and old time jazz added seamlessly to the repertoire. One recent audience member described the band’s sound as reminscent of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.

She is currently working on an EP of new songs working under the title, "Tear it Down” with producer Mitch Girio, Toronto’s revered guitarist, Steve Briggs and members of Isabel and the Uncommons. These are songs that speak about our current times and the heart break of the world.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Drom Taberna, Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:00-9:00 Isabel and the Uncommons full band ( Noah Zacherin, Rebecca Campbell, John Switzer, Paul Brennan)

Relish Bar and Grill Tuesday, Sept 17 , 2019 7:00-9:30 Isabel and the Uncommons (Noah Zacherin, John Switzer, Paul Brennan) new location!!!

Relish Bar and Grill , Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:30-9:00 Isabel and the Uncommons full band (John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)  

The Local Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:00 -12:00PM Isabel and the Uncommon full band (John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)  

Tranzac Club Wednesday, October 31, 2018 7:30-9:30 PM Isabel and the Uncommons Full Band ( John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)  

Painted Lady Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:00-10:00 PM Episode 4 Season 2 Isabel and the Uncommons, (Steve Briggs Duo)

Toronto Terminal 1 YYZ Friday, Dec 7, 2018 7:30-9:30 PM Isabel and the Uncommons Band ( Isabel Fryszberg, Steve Briggs, John Switzer, and Paul Brennan)

 
 

ALBUM: HEARTS AND ARROWS

In 2014 Isabel released her own solo debut  album of original songs, country and folk inspired called, Hearts and Arrows supported by an ace band, IsabelThe Uncommons produced by Don Kerr.  Isabel won the singer songwriter award for her live performance of her song, “ Something Sacred,” at the New Market Arts Council (Nov. 2015). Another track, "New Moon" was chosen to be part of a city initiative, Toronto 311, which brings local artists’ music to the 311 system. Recently New Moon has been acquired by Crucial Music, a film and television publishing library. She has received radio play by CBC, Folk Routes Radio and other national and international community and internet radio stations.

LISTEN TO FOLK ROOTS RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAN HALL

PREVIEW  'HEARTS AND ARROWS' on CD Baby

PREVIEW 'HEARTS AND ARROWS' on CD Baby

If you came for the voice and the heartbreak, Isabel delivers the goods with an uncommon authenticity.
— Lenny Stoute, Cashbox Magazine Canada

CREATING MUSIC FOR HEALING

In 2015 she collaborated with the members Creative Works Studio to create the album Coming Out of Darknes , also produced by Don Kerr.  Isabel founded Creative Works Studio in Toronto to help people with mental health and addiction issues find creative self expression through music and visual arts. Fryszberg composed the music and facilitated group lyric writing to express and give voice to the members in this community who have never sung or written music before. In 2016 the Album, “Coming Out of Darkness,” by the Social Mystic (the name of this band) was released.  

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 The songs are just great examples of thinking positively, in an environment of trust, empathizing with others and taking a deeply personal and collective musical journey
— John Apice, No Depression
The way I sound on the CD gives me satisfaction
and joy because, although it wasn’t easy to produce this recording, the final product was worth the effort!
— Social Mystic participant John R.

ABOUT THE MUSICIAN

Isabel was the founding member together with Lenka Lichtenberg, and one of the  lead singers of award winning klezmer-swing sextet, Sisters of Sheynville, (2004-2011). Her parents were both Polish-Jewish immigrants and Yiddish was Fryszberg's first languge. The band was a way to keep Yiddish alive after her mother died. The band toured and played festivals in Poland, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver, to Montreal  and acquired the Canadian Folk Music Award (2008) for Vocal Group of The Year for their album, Sheynville Express.

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Masterful musicianship, tricky solos and fancy vocal work are all the signs of a good klezmer disc, and The Sisters of Sheynville deliver on all accounts.
— NOW Magazine (Rating: NNNN)